GSU School of Nursing receives federal grant to help serve rural medical centers

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Southern University School of Nursing received a $1.3 million grant this week to bring nursing students to rural medical centers.

This federal grant not only helps nursing graduates come back and further their education, it also helps serve rural areas that are perpetually underserved.

The grant will help nurses who've already earned their four-year degree but want to pursue another degree as a nurse practitioner. It would help them with tuition and school expenses.

It will require them to complete at least part of their clinical hours in one of five rural medical facilities.

"Underserved and needy populations often inspire nurses to do their best work," said Dr. Sharon Radzyminski, the chair of the School of Nursing.

The idea is to bring more medical service to those populations and maybe expose some nurses to a field they choose to serve long term.

That grant will help cover the next two years.

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